Trouble in Mind
An Unorthodox Introduction to Psychiatry
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Pundits periodically pitch spitballs at my profession. Psychiatry, they say, rates somewhere between hocus pocus and a threat to Western civilization. Mental illness is a social construct, psychotherapy is a scam, pharmaceuticals only dull the pain, involuntary hospitalization and electroconvulsive therapy —barbaric! ...
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1. Organic Mind
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Many people confuse psychology and psychiatry. The two have surprisingly little to do with each other. Psychology refers to the study of the mind, a field of inquiry encompassing a set of theories that inform research and clinical work. Psychiatry refers to a field of medicine. ...
2. Elementary Mind
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The mind has two main sources of input: sensation, stimulated by the environment, and arousal, stimulated by signals from the body. The mind has one main conduit for output: orchestrated skeletal muscle contraction. ...
3. Integral Mind
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The primary elements of mental life—pure perception, programs that direct action, raw arousal, undirected appetite—barely register in the subjective world, but the results of their integration are more familiar: thoughts, intentions, and feelings. ...
4. Synthetic Mind
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Now the story advances from the elemental and integrative mental processes found in many animal species to the uniquely human processes that permit us to weigh options when motives clash and to act intelligently in uncertain circumstances. ...
5. Psychiatric Mind
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We have come to the end of our trek through the mind and mental dysfunction, from norepinephrine to neurons to neuroses. We now can map troublesome mental symptoms, propensities, experiences, and behaviors to specific adaptive functions. ...
Appendix A: The Official Version: A Guided Tour of the DSM
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Appendix B: The Novice’s Guide to Psychiatric Assessment
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Index [Includes About the Author and About the Cover]
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Page Count: 352
Illustrations: 6 b&w illus.
Publication Year: 2011